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Wed, 3 August 2016

Etihad Airways Increases Shanghai Capacity with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Etihad Airways has launched Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flights between Abu Dhabi and Shanghai.

The Dreamliner features 299 seats in a two class configuration with 28 seats in Business Class and 271 in Economy, a 14% capacity increase on the route.

Flight EY862 from Abu Dhabi departs at 22:25 arriving in Shanghai at 11:10 the following day. Flight EY867 from Shanghai departs at 00:30 to arrive in Abu Dhabi at 06:15 the same day.

Since launching flights between Shanghai and Abu Dhabi four years ago, we have experienced first-hand the huge growth of Chinas outbound tourism market and enjoyed strong demand from both business and leisure travellers, said Peter Baumgartner, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways. The decision to upgrade to the Boeing 787 reflects the importance of Shanghai and China to the airline. Shanghai is a modern metropolis and a global economic, financial, trading and shipping centre, which underlines its importance within Etihad Airways global network and supports the introduction of the new aircraft.

China has recently surpassed the USA as the biggest business travel market in the world, according to the Global Business Travel Association, representing US$291.2 billion spending on business travel in 2015.

Shanghai is the seventh destination in the world to be served by Etihad Airways B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft with the aircraft also deployed to Brisbane, Dsseldorf, Perth, Singapore, Washington DC, and Zurich.

Etihad Airways first launched a five-times-a-week two-class Airbus A330-200 services to Shanghai in March 2012. 

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